How to re-key a '69 Volkswagen Westfalia in San Francisco?
August 2, 2014 4:06 PM Subscribe
We have a 1969 VW camper van. We love her. Unfortunately, the previous owners redid the locks horribly and now we have a problem: the back window hatch lock doesn't work, we don't have a key to it that works, and we can't fix it.
We've tried calling all the local VW body shops and specialists, but they just recommend calling locksmiths. No locksmiths are interested. We called one locksmith company (Fidelity) whose management told us they could do it, but their contractors are all being really unhelpful. The last one told us that he couldn't promise anything because our car is too old. We've found a company in Ventura that sells full VW door lock assemblies for several hundred dollars a pop, but… I'm not willing to pay that kind of money until I know that a simple lock repair isn't the wiser solution.
Are there any locksmiths or lock repair types in the Bay Area that can actually look at a lock before writing it off? This wasn't an issue when we had access to a garage, but we don't any longer. Any advice here would be greatly appreciated.